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Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
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Coal subsidy, solar project tangled in case before Ohio Supreme Court

COLUMBUS — “The fate of a pair of 1950s-era coal plants and the largest solar project ever proposed in Ohio are entangled in a single case before the state’s Supreme Court. American Electric Power agreed to build the 400-megawatt solar project in Appalachian Ohio as part of a controversial settlement […]

An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar
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An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar

Despite some policy uncertainty, large solar projects are now “competitive with coal and gas.” WASHINGTON, DC — “New numbers show the ‘beautiful friendship’ between utilities and solar is growing and bringing the U.S. power system’s transition to higher renewables penetrations along. …Wind and solar were 8.2% of U.S. generation in 2017, with […]

Cuyahoga County to weigh in on lawsuit that threatens Brooklyn landfill solar farm
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Cuyahoga County to weigh in on lawsuit that threatens Brooklyn landfill solar farm

CLEVELAND — “A lawsuit filed by FirstEnergy’s Cleveland Electric llluminating Co. could derail a $10 million solar farm project at the closed Brooklyn landfill that is largely funded by Cuyahoga County. The county’s Board of Control approved $142,000 to hire Bricker & Eckler LLP to represent the county in the lawsuit. That hire […]

This chart shows the incidence of so-called negative power prices so far this year, indicating the biggest issue is in Germany, where the government has been working for more than a decade to shift the economy toward cleaner forms of energy.
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Power worth less than zero spreads as Green Energy floods the grid

Wind and solar farms are glutting networks more frequently, prompting a market signal for coal plants to shut off NEW YORK, NY — “Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up […]

Editorial: Ohio needs a certain commitment to clean energy
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Editorial: Ohio needs a certain commitment to clean energy

AKRON — “Preferably, that would mean something equivalent to the standards in place, or at least close. It matters less about the precise deadline or percentage than setting a mark that spurs investment, leading to economic activity and jobs. That, essentially, is the message of a recent letter to legislative leaders […]

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Shining the light

SUGAR CREEK TWP. —”The sun shined brightly inside the hearts and minds of roughly 100 people who came together at The Wilderness Center on Saturday. ‘It’s an opportunity for the solar community to talk and discuss the basics and … delve a little deeper on some subjects,’ explained Luke Sulfridge, Ohio […]

Ohio’s solar energy industry spawns new research
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Ohio’s solar energy industry spawns new research

BOWLING GREEN — As Ohio’s commitment to solar energy continues to grow, a new era of research is starting to emerge for this state — one that seeks better use of land and airspace in and around massive solar panel arrays. Following the lead of similar projects in Minnesota, the […]

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.
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After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.

Utilities are freaking out. KNOXVILLE, TN — “The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its extraordinary surge. Coal, the golden child of the current administration, is headed down the tubes. In all that bedlam, it’s easy to […]

Mark Goodwin is CEO of Apex Clean Energy, which develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America.
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio’s hostility to renewable energy makes the state less attractive

COLUMBUS — “The disconnect for Columbus begins in the Statehouse it hosts. Beholden to a powerful few, the legislature is still struggling to overturn the narrow 2014 mandate setting a minimum setback distance for wind turbines of 1,125 feet from adjacent properties, more than double the prior standard. This struggle […]

Downtown Cleveland . Photo by Jon Dawson / Creative Commons
Climate Change / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Cleveland sees clean energy as tool for climate change resiliency

CLEVELAND — “Mitigation efforts can still avoid some of the worst impacts of climate change. But with the reality that some impacts are now inevitable, the focus on resilience is growing here and elsewhere. Cleveland’s risks might not seem as dramatic as the sea level rise that threatens New York or the wildfires that […]